Rocking chair made from Cherry and Purple Heart

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Project by scott shangraw posted 1662 days ago 2181 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This rocker is made from cherry with African Purple Heart on the back spindles, wrapped around the joints, inlayed into the runners and used for plugs. An ottoman was created that also incorporated the purple heart with the cherry. We weren’t quite sure how this combination would turn out, but it really surprised us on how beautiful it was. The customers were very happy with it and it really complimented their other teak furniture. A few construction photos were included to show some of the process. We have a hard time remembering to take the construction photos, but did our best this time to do so. I think the customers really like seeing how their special piece is created and what goes into making fine furniture.

-- Scott NM,

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#1 posted 1662 days ago

Wow Scott that’s a beautiful chair and a very unique use of woods too.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1662 days ago

Now that is nice. The purpleheart inlays are very creative.

-- Common Sense is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious 1001 and Obvious 1002 their freshman year.

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Monty Queen

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#3 posted 1662 days ago

Wow, wow, wow, your work is tottaly awesome, i do not have the words to describe your wonderful workmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#4 posted 1662 days ago

The purple heart inlay is beautiful, nicely done.

-- Moffett, Sacramento CA

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#5 posted 1662 days ago

Scott, I don’t care for that combintion at all, but you did a fantastic job building it. Congratulations on a job well done.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#6 posted 1662 days ago

Scott that is fantastic, terrific workmanship!

-- Bill, Florida

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#7 posted 1662 days ago

Fantastic rocker & incredible craftsmanship.

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#8 posted 1662 days ago

WOW, that’s beautiful.

That looks hard till the pictures lead you through it. A little glue, little shaping, then stick it all together, got it.
One rocker coming right up, thanks…..........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 1662 days ago

Superb craftsmanship thanks for posting !

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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John Harris

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#10 posted 1662 days ago

Amazing! I love the color combination and the joint work is well done!

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bill merritt

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#11 posted 1662 days ago

Very nice chair, good work. Have a question—it will help me—are those Carter blocks on your band saw?
If they are how do you like them ? thanks

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#12 posted 1661 days ago

The chair looks very, very nice. Interesting choice of wood combonations.
How do you think they are going to look after some aging?

BTW, when can us novice chair makers expect to see a blog on building a rocking chair ?


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#13 posted 1661 days ago

Very impressive! I like the color combination. The ottoman is a great idea!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 1661 days ago

There you are Scott!

Good to see you again and great to see a signature Shangraw piece!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 1661 days ago

Its beautiful , whats the radius of the rockers ? , thanks .

-- Do you like it here or would you rather be working ? .

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